The Conference House

Exploring Revolutionary History at Conference House Park

Conference House Park is an ideal destination for those interested in Revolutionary history and nature. This 267-acre site features four historic buildings significant to Staten Island’s history.


  • The Conference House: Open Friday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
  • The Biddle House: Open Saturdays, 12-3 p.m.
  • The Rutan-Beckett House: Point of interest (not open to the public)

Full Day Itinerary

Morning: Start your day by boarding the 10 or 10:30 a.m. boat at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. Enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and the Lower East Side. Upon arriving at the St. George Ferry Terminal, take the S78 Bus at Ramp C to reach The Conference House, located at the southernmost point of New York City. It is advisable to purchase or bring snacks and water before boarding the bus. Get off the bus at the Hylan Boulevard/Craig Avenue stop, where you will find the Visitor’s Center on your left.

Visitor’s Center: At the Visitor’s Center, you can learn about the history of The Conference House and the park. The Lenape Gallery & Franklin Cove features free rotating exhibits. Restrooms are also available here.

Afternoon: Walk the pathway to the historic Conference House, built in the late 1600s. Tours are available between 1-4 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. The house maintains its colonial charm and features two gardens maintained by the caretaker. After your tour, follow the pathway to the right of the house, passing the Rutan-Beckett House, and continue to the Biddle House, which also hosts rotating exhibits. If time permits, visit this historic house.

Late Afternoon: Follow the driveway and turn right on Satterlee Street. Continue until you reach Amboy Road and turn right. At the intersection of Main Street and Amboy Road, you can enjoy a meal at Don Cesar Restaurant & Bar or Villaggio Pizzeria Restaurante, both offering delicious Italian cuisine.

Evening: After dinner, return to Amboy Road and Main Street to catch the S78 Bus back to the St. George Ferry Terminal.

Nightlife Option: For those interested in nightlife, before heading back to Manhattan, get off at the Bay Street/Slosson Terrace stop. Enjoy a drink at 120 Bay Café or Pier 76, which are within walking distance of each other. From there, it’s a short walk back to the St. George Ferry Terminal.

This itinerary provides a comprehensive guide to exploring Conference House Park, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in both the natural beauty and rich history of Staten Island.

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